Today my motivation is the way I feel after I go on a run or eat a super healthy meal. Or–if you’re a “half glass empty” kind of person–my motivation is the way I feel if I don’t run or if I eat something super greasy and unhealthy.
It’s not too difficult a concept to understand. I am just a better person when I am regularly working out and eating right. Better said than done, I know. But this motivation worked for me (today, at least). When I woke up tired from a restless night, I was immediately calculating how long each task would take during the day so that I could figure out the best time to nap. After a long day (thankfully with an hour-long nap), I was completely ready to skip my workout and order in some greasy food. Then I looked up at my daily motivation and convinced myself that I should at least do a short run (and probably not order anything greasy).
By 7:00pm I finally convinced myself to go on a run and it was awesome. I don’t know why I dread my runs so much when I feel like an absolute rockstar after every one. If I can just remember how I feel right now–accomplished, fulfilled, energized, motivated–every time I feel like skipping a run or eating something regrettable, then maybe I can beat laziness.
I highly recommend this method of motivation. I’m not much of a journaler, but I use the Nike Plus app on my phone. I can probably mention a billion things I love about the app, but there is one amazing feature that is totally relevant to this post: you can write notes about each run for reference later. I like to go back to my personal record runs and see what I wrote about that day. Sometimes I find something like, “Get it, girl.” or “You made that run your bitch.” But other times I find that I recorded how I was feeling and what kept me motivated throughout the run. Keeping track of how I felt when I accomplished a certain personal record gives me motivation to keep running. Here are some examples of some of the notes I’ve written to myself after runs:
Whatever works best as a reminder of how great being healthy makes you feel, do it! Without the reminder of the amazing things a healthy lifestyle can do for our bodies it’s hard to remember why we are working so hard in the first place. Good luck out there!